Texas Federal Judge Says Ceiling Lift Outside Scope Of Medicaid Benefits

DALLAS - A federal judge in Texas on March 13, denied a motion for summary judgment filed by four disabled Medicaid beneficiaries and granted a motion for summary judgment by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) that a ceiling lift, requested by the plaintiffs, is considered a home modification and, therefore, is outside the scope of Medicaid benefits for durable medical equipment (DME) (Scott Detgen, et al. v. Dr. Kyle Janek, in his official capacity as Executive Commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, No. 3:11cv-2974, N.D. Texas, Dallas Div.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34532).

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